Urgent – information released by Manchester City Council on 24th October 2020 

Manchester City Council has agreed to provide funding for all children from Nursery class to Year 11 who are eligible for a benefits related free school meal over the half term break.. This does not include children who get a free school meal through the Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme whereby all children in Reception, year one and two receive a meal without charge. These children are not classed as free school meals for this scheme unless you are entitled to benefit related free school meals. Full details are below for eligibility.

Eligible families will receive a cash payment of £15 per child for the week and will need to claim through the Welfare provision scheme on the Council’s website – the link is copied below. The scheme will continue to be open for 2 weeks after half term up until 13th November so that families can apply retrospectively if they are unable to claim this week. The council will be making all of their front line service aware of this too so they can support the families they are working with to apply for the funding as soon as possible. Unfortunately, school is unable to apply for this on your behalf all claims are to be made directly with Manchester City Council.

Please click the following link to make this claim:

https://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200008/benefits_and_support/6302/apply_for_a_loan_if_you_are_in_financial_crisis

 

Applying for Free School Meals

If you think you are entitled to free school meals, you will need to apply for this entitlement (you can collect a form from the school office and we will perform the check for you) or apply on line using either of these links https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims  or https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

 

This is an automatic process and St Wilfrid’s will be informed as soon as your application has been completed via the online portal.

 

Please contact the school office for further information on 0161 681 1385.